Dolomites & Tuscany in autumn – first camper life experience

At the beginning of October 2021, Vanessa and her boyfriend John took the opportunity to explore northern Italy - with no less a vehicle than the HYMER B-Class ModernComfort I 550 WhiteLine. Both absolutely inexperienced when it comes to camper life and camping, but open and very excited about new things. And right away for the first trip with luxury on four wheels. Your journey to the south starts in Stuttgart and takes you first to the Dolomites at the Pragser Wildsee.

John Unseld

Photographer & Author

Holiday destination
Dolomites & Tuscany
Model
HYMER B-Class ModernComfort I 550 WhiteLine

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Pragser Wildsee

Iconic with its boats

The trip starts with bad weather and a few days of rain showers. Luckily, they didn't book the pitches in advance - which definitely wouldn't be a good idea in the summer - and also allowed for some buffer for the whole trip. So, the two of them stay two days longer and use the time for planning and to learn intensively with the vehicle. At night, when the temperature is around 0 °C, the gas heating - an absolute must-have when the temperatures are low - works reliably at all times. It is standard in the HYMER, but for Vanessa and John it feels like real luxury on four wheels. On the third day, the Lago di Braies shows its beautiful side with the iconic boats.

Three Peaks & Cadini Di Misurina

Breathtaking mountain landscape

The B-MC I climbs the altitude meters almost effortlessly. On a pitch-dark night, you have no idea how gigantic the mountain panorama is all around you, and when you wake up you quickly forget breakfast while exploring the Three Peaks. The roads are still free at the start, but when you climb the mountains there is sometimes a lot of snow on the hiking trails - real fun in white sneakers.

Nature is absolutely fabulous and incredibly beautiful as far as the eye can see. A tip, since little or no visit is the Cadini di Misurina, which really brings joy for drone pilots (in Italy the laws are very simple and clear). Since there is a toll starting from 7 p.m. until 7 p.m. the next day and you have to pay for any 24h started it is advisable to continue in the early evening. 

Seceda & Geisleralm

natural spectacle

One of the absolute highlights is the trip to the Seceda. With the gondola you reach a beautiful mountain, which is hundreds of meters deep on one side and runs steeply downhill on the other side, as if a tectonic plate had ruptured there. If you are brave, you can hike directly to the edge of the cliffs and from there you can have a look at the Geisleralm far away in the valley. Once back at the bottom, the B-MC I takes you comfortably over the winding roads to the parking lot at the foot of the Alm.

After a steep ascent on foot, the Alm is reached after more than an hour. Despite going to the gym 5-6 times a week, even the fitness watch is proud of the completed workout. And so, in addition to the wonderful mountain panorama at sunset, you can also enjoy the delicious Kaiserschmarren on the Geisleralm without a guilty conscience.

Alpe di Siusi and the Gardena Pass

on the way to Venice
In order to combine the next, somewhat longer stage to Venice with a great view, it is worth making a detour to the Alpe di Siusi and waiting for the morning sun on the well-known swing there.

For the trip to Venice, you can choose between the fast route via the autobahn or the fascinating route over mountain passes through the mountains. Since the Gardena Pass is on the way here, the detour over the mountains is definitely worth it and invites you to spend a few hours of wonder - especially with the lots of sunshine that finally came out after the initial rainy days of the tour.
The roads to Venice are definitely adventurous, especially in the dark, but the integrated MBUX multimedia system including navigation helps a lot here to be able to anticipate the winding roads.

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Venice

a world of its own

Despite the public transport strike, the trip by bus to the island is successful, which is unique and exciting every time. Due to its completely different concept with its canals instead of streets, a lot of things work here in their own unique way. Especially in autumn, however, the island is not overrun with tourists, but much more relaxed with very pleasant temperatures, and can be explored in peace. The many cute little houses - some inconspicuous from the outside, but very grand on the inside - and the large churches and monuments are very impressive. It is also worth staying here for several days in order to be able to discover everything.

Cinque Terre

5 cute little fishing villages

From the east it goes all the way to the west, to the tranquil fishing villages of the Italian Riviera, the Cinque Terre. With Park4Night (an app that shows most campsites), the site of an older couple of campers is recommended. Since the two elderly owners only speak Italian, they gesture with hands and feet - very warmly. The Cinque Terre are absolutely worth seeing! Due to their ideal location and manageable size (the smallest village, Corniglia, has just 250 inhabitants), all 5 villages can be explored in one day with a day ticket for the train. The colorful houses convey a very Italian La Dolce Vita feeling.

Pisa

And its beautiful wildlife park

Even if Pisa should not be missed on a trip to Italy and is an absolute must for every tourist, the city - apart from this one sight - is a small disappointment. The city itself looks a bit run down and leaves such a sobering picture that even the coffee - in Italy this is usually extremely cheap and delicious - has to serve a fast food chain. But you should definitely visit Pisa, because the very beautiful national park (Parco Regionale Migliarino, San Rossore, Massaciuccoli), which unfortunately is hardly mentioned anywhere, is worth the journey. The avenue of pine trees stretches for 5 km and ends at a beautiful sandy beach by the sea.

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  • Florence - One of the most beautiful cities in Italy

    This city is absolutely worthwhile, even for a city trip. Already one of the wealthier trading cities hundreds of years ago, Florence impresses with incredibly large cathedrals, buildings and churches. From the Piazzale Michelangelo you have a magnificent view over the city, including the Ponte Vecchio, which can be absolutely enjoyed with the world's best sandwich from All'Antico Vinaio. Two to three days on a round trip are an absolute recommendation

  • Tuscany – Also inviting in autumn with a pleasant climate

    Always comfortable with the camper, even on the sometimes rudimentary roads of Tuscany, Baccoleno is an absolute must! This place is probably one of the first images that comes to mind when thinking of Tuscany. Blessed with a beautiful sunset and pleasant temperatures, the area is extremely relaxing.

  • Saturnia – The Romans bathed here

    A relaxing bath in the thermal springs of Saturnia is a must. In order to enjoy them reasonably undisturbed, you have to get up at the crack of dawn. Here, water at a constant 37 °C has been flowing out of the ground into natural pools for thousands of years. Despite the cold outside temperatures in the morning, you can take a warm bath here - an event that the Romans probably took advantage of on their road trips

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Rom

A city full of stories

Two full days remained for Rome towards the end of the trip. Since Rome contains a lot of history, you need time to see the sights. Above all, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum are particularly impressive here, which are still well preserved after thousands of years. If you can only get a ticket without a guide, you should simply join a group of German speakers to learn about the historical events. Rome is particularly worthwhile for people who are interested in history and history.

The B-MC I WhiteLine -

Our reliable house on wheels

He was a loyal companion to us throughout the journey. The briefing on topics such as gray water, gas and Co. at the beginning were absolutely helpful for this. Even as completely inexperienced people when it comes to traveling with a camper, everything was easy to handle and was a great experience for us! The vehicle itself is very easy to drive, especially thanks to cruise control and ACC, even in Italy. In particular, features such as CarPlay on board also make it very easy to design the route on the computer and then transfer it to the cell phone via Google Maps and set off. Thanks to its incredibly large storage space, there would even be enough space for up to four people.

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